Art of the Deal:
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the Changing Security Landscape

CENSA Fellows Interview Series

Emerging Threats in Cybersecurity and Beyond

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American Strategy and Purpose

CENSA’s latest compendium looks at the perennial questions surrounding America’s role in the world.

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CENSA Teleconference Series

Graeme Wood: The Practical Results and
Ramifications of the Proposed Travel Ban


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CENSA has accomplished its mission and has been working to make its stated
vision a reality for the past ten years by bringing its members together for a
series of dinner and speaker events in major cities around the country, hosting
a regular teleconference series on important security topics, and publishing
member-driven books and research articles both in hard copy and online that
are distributed to key members of the security community.

Board of Directors // Executive Director

Appointed CENSA Executive Director in November 2017, Matt Ryan previously served for over 5 years in the United States Army as both an Infantry Officer and an Intelligence Officer. Mr. Ryan has led large and small organizations throughout the U.S. Army, and has served in South Korea, South America, and Afghanistan.

Matthew Ryan

Board of Directors

Major William J. Denn is a U.S. Army officer currently serving as a planner for the 82nd Airborne Division. Denn is a veteran of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and previously commanded a military intelligence company at the National Security Agency.

William J. Denn

Board of Directors // Founder and Chairman

Michael Fenzel is an active duty U.S. Army colonel selected to command a heavy brigade combat team in the 1st Armored Division. In addition, he is a Ph.D. student at the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, California.

Michael Fenzel

Board of Directors // Executive Director

Appointed CENSA Executive Director in March 2008, Mr. Kirkhope possesses over 20 years of experience delivering a broad array of consulting and research projects on international affairs and homeland security. A CENSA member since 2004, Mr. Kirkhope joined its Board of Directors in 2006.

James Kirkhope

Board of Directors

Peter Clark is managing director of Cannon House Partners LLC., where he directs investments in emerging and frontier economies with a primary focus on Asia.

Peter Clark

Board of Directors

Bryan Cummings is an investment banker focusing on the industrial technology and aerospace/defense sectors with broad experience across M&A advisory, financing and capital structure.

Bryan Cummings

Board of Directors

Scott FitzGerald is the managing partner of the Boston office of Fragomen, Del Rey, Bernsen & Loewy LLP, and a managing director of Fragomen Global Immigration Services, LLC, with specific responsibility for the firm’s India operations.

Scott FitzGerald

Board of Directors

A retired FBI Special Agent, Bill Lynn has 45 years of experience in federal law enforcement. Since his retirement he has dedicated himself to countering threats from terrorism, serving more than 42 months in Afghanistan embedded as a special military advisor. He is a Co-founder and Vice President of Veritas Bellator International, LLC (VBI-INTL) a global security consulting company.

Bill Lynn

Board of Directors

After completing a 20-year career in the federal government, Bill Natter works as a national security consultant and is based in the Washington, DC, area. Most recently, Bill served as the Deputy Under Secretary of the Navy where he focused on national security policy, special operations, Maritime Domain Awareness and Department of the Navy intelligence oversight.

Bill Natter

Board of Directors

Dr. Robert Tomes is the president of Liminal Leadership, LLC, an adjunct professor of security policy studies at The George Washington University, and a Director of Anna Sobol Levy Foundation.

Robert Tomes

Board of Directors

Major Paul Brister is a Special Tactics Officer in the United States Air Force with eleven years' experience. Major Brister is currently a Security Studies doctoral candidate at the Naval Postgraduate School and his dissertation focuses upon domestic right-wing terrorist organizations.

Paul Brister

Board of Directors

Amy Zalman is the Department of Defense Information Integration Chair at the National War College. Previously, from 2007 – 2012, Dr. Zalman worked at SAIC, a Washington DC based science and technology firm, where she developed new market strategies and basic research projects in the government strategic communications sector.

Amy Zalman

Board of Advisors

Peter Ahern, a founding member of CENSA, has served on the board of directors and as chairman of the membership committee. He is a colonel in the U.S. Marine Corps currently assigned to United States Africa Command where he serves as the Future Operations Chief and is a founding member of the command.

Peter Ahern

Board of Advisors

As Special Assistant to the Counselor to the Secretary of State, David Aidekman advised on national security and homeland security issues including counterterrorism, border and travel security, and intelligence.

David Aidekman

Board of Trustees // Chairman of the Board

Samuel Cole was the Chief Operating Officer, Co-Head of Trading, and a Managing Principal at BlueMountain Capital Management LLC, a $4 billion asset manager.

Samuel Cole

Board of Trustees

Cary A. Kochman is the Head of the North American Mergers and Acquisitions Group at Citigroup. Cary Kochman also serves as the Co-Head of the Chicago office for Citigroup. He has over 23 years of investment banking experience.

Cary Kochman

Board of Directors

Olivia Zetter currently serves on the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff’s Chairman’s Action Group. Previously she served as an advisor in the Office of the Special Presidential Envoy to the Global Coalition to Counter ISIS at the US Department of State.

Olivia Zetter

Board of Directors

Chris Mcguire serves as a Foreign Affairs Officer at the State Department. Prior to his tenure at the State Department Chris served as a special assistant to the Joint Chiefs of Staff, as a quantitative analyst with McKinsey & Company, and in the office of multilateral nuclear and security affairs at the State Department.

Chris Mcguire

Board of Directors

Armen Melikian works at the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory in the Air and Missile Defense Sector as a combat systems engineering analyst for the AEGIS Combat System and the Ship Self-Defense System.

Armen Melikian

Board of Directors

Dina Shahrokhi is a Presidential Management Fellow at the State Department’s Bureau for Population, Refugees, and Migration, where she overseas assistance and engages in diplomacy on humanitarian affairs in the Middle East.

Dina Shahrokhi

Board of Directors

Josh Stiefel serves as Cyber Policy Advisor at the Department of the Treasury where his role puts him at the nexus of national security, cyber policy, and economic security.

Josh Stiefel

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